Slots good for Delaware
The columns, articles and editorials that have appeared in your newspaper recently claiming that slot machines eventually will damage horse racing in Delaware don't quite ring true. Here's why:
I am a horseplayer and I love the sport. When I go to the track, I bet on the races at that track. No simulcasting, no slots, no video games. I've never played a slot machine in my life.
But, thanks to slots, I'll be able to spend many more pleasant afternoons at Delaware Park. I can sit on a bench in their beautiful paddock area, sip a cold beer, study the Daily Racing Form, maybe even win a few bucks. For me, it just doesn't get any better than that.
So, John Steadman (whom I respect a great deal, by the way) and the others can make dire predictions of doom for Delaware racing, but as far as I'm concerned, slots are just what the veterinarian ordered.
James D. Meehan
New courses too expensive
John Stewart's article in last week's Sun, "New courses and soaring prices," goes to show that most counties and their golf management have no idea why play is light at their facilities. Hank Majewski's statement that the PGA is concerned with golf costing too much hits the nail on the head. These new courses cost too much. I can play Mount Pleasant for $12. Why play $50 or $60 to play one of the new courses where I'm forced to take a cart before 1 p.m.?
I understand that these new courses are supposedly premier locations and upkeep is probably high, but Baltimore Golf maintains the city course beautifully without having to gouge the golfer. If these facilities would lower their prices, they soon would find plenty of golfers eager to play their courses.
Keeping the ball
My question is: When the ball is kicked into the stands on field goals and point-after attempts, why must the ball be returned? At the Ravens-Packers game, I sat in lower Section 4. Four balls went into the stands and the man with the big, red "X" on his shirt demanded the balls be returned. Finally, a security guard told "Mr. X-man" that the fan gets to keep it. Now that's what I call giving Baltimore the ball.
My suggestion to the NFL would be to put up a net to not injure anyone because fans would kill for a pigskin.
Frank J. Monaldi Sr.
Ken Rosenthal's Aug. 14 column, "Angelos and Gillick agree to disagree for now," reminds me of J. Wellington Wimpy, the character in the comics who was always trying to goad Popeye and an antagonist into a fight. Wimpy's phrase, "Let's you and him fight," sums up Rosenthal's mean-spirited attempt to drum up newsstand sales with a knockdown Angelos vs. Gillick
Too loud at Camden Yards
The letter in last Sunday's Sun from Jim Ryland regarding the unremitting, all-intrusive din with which the Oriole management sees fit to afflict its fans could not be more accurate.
I have written to and spoken with John Maroon, Orioles PR director, on several occasions about this. He was most polite and pleasant but, unfortunately, nothing changed. I'm considering buying earplugs since half the time I cannot communicate with the folks I'm with anyway, and ear damage is a distinct possibility. Rex Barney's announcements can be heard in Highlandtown.
I sit outside the park until just before the first pitch to avoid the constant, high-volume drivel with which we are bombarded. The ambience at Camden Yards, despite the attractive physical plant, has become decidedly unpleasant, something to be endured in order to attend the games. I wonder how many complaints they would get if they cut out all that junk?
Autographs for money
I couldn't agree more with Walter Maloney of Beltsville on the Hall of Fame baseball players "selling out" [Letters, Aug. 18].
I have been making my annual trek to Cooperstown, N.Y., for the induction weekend since 1990. In that time, I have been among 55 different Hall of Famers. It's a shame that these players have been invited to this shrine year after year, put up in a $200-a-night country inn free of charge, allowed to play on country-club golf courses free of charge, yet are allowed to be in the presence of a baseball card show promoter making a profit off the fans and baseball writers.
The $20 fee for Frank Robinson was for a picture or baseball. The fee for him to sign a bat was $85! Now you tell me what the difference is between signing a ball and a bat. And, if you're lucky enough to see a Hall of Famer on the streets of Cooperstown, away from the promoter, you're turned down because they are "under contract."
Joe DiMaggio charges $150 to sign a ball, $175 on a flat and $350 on a cap! No wonder they call him the Yankee Clipper.
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Pub Date: 9/01/96